Memory Loss? Seven common Causes Of Forgetfulness

Via @HarvardHealth

Image via Psychology Today [3]

[Read full article by  Harvard Men’s Health Watch here.]

Have you ever went into a room, fully prepared to do something there and, upon arriving, that ‘something’ totally went AWOL from your mind? During a conversation, have you ever meant to tell a friend something, only to forget exactly what you wanted to tell? Names, for instance, that is quite a problem these days….always on the tip of the tongue, but rarely in your memory. It is frustrating; and certainly cause for concern. Are you experiencing the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s or Dementia?

“Anyone concerned about memory should talk with a doctor for further evaluation,’ says Dr. David Hsu, a geriatric psychiatrist with the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.” [1]

Harvard Health suggests that, before visiting your medical practitioner, you need to consider the following questions:

[Excerpt only. For more detailed discussion, click here to read full article.]

  1. Are you fatigued?
  2. What medications to you take?
  3. How much sleep are you getting?
  4. Do you exercise regularly?
  5. Are you stressed?
  6. Are you depressed?
  7. How much alcohol to you drink?

Any of the above can reduce memory performance. Some medications and alcohol have even been known to cause total memory black-outs. Society is moving at an alarming pace and we struggle to keep up, so feeling stressed and fatigued may be a normal part of your life, but it can indeed cause memory loss. The same goes for depression and lack of sleep. Answering the above questions doesn’t mean you’ve diagnosed yourself effectively and that you can now rest assured that your memory loss is normal. Visiting your physician is still important, as there can be underlying problems leading to fatigue, lack of sleep, depression and so forth. Having answered these 7 questions though, you will be prepared to have an open and honest discussion with your physician and it will certainly help him to decide on further tests and treatment.

Memory Healers posted a brilliant infographic that contains 8 tips those struggling with memory loss can use to help them get by. Have a look below:

Image via MemoryHealers [2]

Dr. Hsu adds that “a perceived change in your memory performance may simply be due to the well-documented slowdown in thinking speed with aging. Give your brain a break, and take a little more time to recall facts and to commit new ones to memory.” [1]

SOURCES:

  1. Harvard Health: Memory Slips? Consider these seven common causes of forgetfulness.
  2. Memory Healers: Prevent Memory Loss
  3. Psychology Today: Case of the Malleable Memory [Image only]

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